The first week back to home ed has been semi productive. With Yahya away at another TeenImpact volunteer program this week, I tried to take advantage of his absence. I basically just wanted to get them back in the habit of doing some written work anyway. Once again, I realized that our homeschool schedule is going to drag out all morning and into the evening as I am unable to work with them all at once. Patience, mama, patience. I am trying to do my best to tutor each of them while the other ones are busy being productive. So, once again, I realized I will be waiting for my husband to come home and spending more time in the evening with them since I will have his help at that point. Insha Allah, as long as we work together, I think we will be alright.
Speaking of our teamwork, during Ramadan, he was asked by one of the local masajid to help out on Sundays during the Islamic weekend school. He would be the “enforcer” while our children would be able to learn some Arabic, Qur’an, etc. While they are all out of the house, I would be able to do the weekly planning/scheduling, insha Allah. This would be tremendously helpful to me and beneficial to all if it works out.
Another thing I hope to continue to strive to accomplish is to fit in out of the house educational programs. This really keeps the children and I motivated. This week Hannah and Jamilah participated in an aromatherapy workshop led by a fellow Muslimah at the library. It is funny though when I asked them what they learned, they said they already knew most of the information because I had taught it to them. My intention is by no means to brag about this and I only mention it to give myself a boost of self confidence as well as a reminder that they are indeed learning something here at our humble River City Homeschool.
I mentioned earlier in this post that Yahya was working with another teens this week and learning about the farm to table process. He enjoyed this program much more than the homelessness program. This was probably due to being able to eat and not fast this week and I think there was more food involved in general. He had the opportunity to visit several farms both in the county and in an urban setting where he harvested fruits and veggies, weeded, learned about worms, helped set up for a farmer’s market, toured the local food bank, helped deliver meals on wheels, prepared a meal and served it to the parents, and shared a presentation about what the group had accomplished this week. What a wonderful experience he had this week, maaashaa Allah.